Donald Myles

Partner

   

dmyles@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602.263.1743
FAX: 602.200.7842
Legal Assistant: Gladys Negron
602.263.1743
gnegron@jshfirm.com

Don Myles is one of the most experienced trial lawyers in Arizona. He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), an Advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and a Fellow in the American Academy of Coverage Counsel (AACC). Don is a Past President of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Past President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), and a Past President of USLAW Network. In 2019 and 2020, Don was recognized by Chambers USA as a Band 1 lawyer in Insurance Law.

  • Truck Insurance v. La Patisserie, et al.  (Ariz. 2019) – Obtained successful jury verdict defending an insurance agent in a professional negligence action. After a three-week trial, the bakery claimed $70 million in damages (incl. those alleged against carrier). The jury awarded the bakery only $2,616.80 on the agent negligence claim.
  • Twin City Fire Ins. Co. v. Leija, 244 Ariz. 493 (Ariz. 2018) (claimants who settle third-party claims are not entitled to post-settlement trials to determine percentage of employer fault solely to reduce or extinguish a workers’ compensation carrier’s lien).
  • Gabriel Armendariz v. Manuel Padilla, et al (Ariz. 2017) – Obtained summary judgment in Section 1983 civil rights action for false arrest made against a City of Yuma Police Sergeant.
  • Arcade v. AGCS Marine Insurance (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was obtained in Federal Court without hearing oral arguments.
  • Chelius v. City of Yuma (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was granted in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights action against the City of Yuma. The net effect of this victory was to save the City of Yuma more than $1.5 Million in potential damages.
  • Fernandez v. City of Phoenix (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was granted in favor of the City of Phoenix invalidating a stipulated judgment against the City for $8.5 million in a Morris-type of agreement.
  • Redmond v. Mid Century, et al. (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was successfully granted invalidating a $3.3 million stipulated judgment against Mid Century’s $100,000 auto policy limit.
  • Empire Talent & Modeling v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company (2014) – Obtained summary judgment on bad faith claim and punitive damages, and received a unanimous jury verdict in $1.5 million case alleging breach of contract “reasonable expectations” claim for insurer arising out of the denial of the alleged loss of talent portfolios stored on multimedia.
  • Barbara Sloan v. Farmers Insurance Company of Arizona, Farmers Insurance Exchange, and Farmers Group (Ariz. 2012) – Obtained a defense verdict in a bad faith and punitive damage case on behalf of a national insurer. Plaintiff claimed $25 million in damages. This case was recognized as the 2012 Arizona Defense Verdict of the Year by Arizona Attorney.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), President, 2018-2019, Chairman of the Board, 2019-2020
  • USLAW Network, President, 2004-2005
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), President, 2004-2005
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), Fellow, 2014-Present
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Board of Directors, 2017-2020
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate Rank, 1996-Present
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), President, 2004-2005
  • American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), Fellow, 2017-Present
  • DRI, Board of Directors, 2018-2019
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), Member, 2013-Present
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, 1993-1997, 2005-2008
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2019
  • Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN), Member, 2010-Present

Civic & Community Associations

  • Lobbyist Arizona State Legislature, 2001-2008

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Band 1 Ranking – Insurance Law, 2019, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year,” Insurance Law in Arizona, 2016, 2018, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, 2012-2021; Litigation – Insurance, 2017-2021; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2020-2021
  • AV-Preeminent Rated on Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, Az Business Magazine, 2018
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Olshan Award, 2013
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2012-2020

Presentations & Publications

  • How Drones Can Benefit the Insurance Industry,” USLAW Network’s Magazine, November 2020
  • The ‘Advice of Counsel Defense’ in Coverage Cases: You Might Be Waiving More Than You Realize,” JSH Legal Update, June 2020
  • COVID-19: The First and Third Party Claims are on the Way,” JSH Legal Update, April 2020
  • “Traps for the Unwary – Insurance Coverage and Related Issues,” Panelist, ADTA 78th Annual Meeting, May 2019
  • “Advanced Fire Science: Applying the Scientific Method to Scene and Evidence Investigations,” Co-Presenter, Fighting Fire With Fire Workshop, June 2016
  • “Bad Faith Defense Themes,” Author, JSH Reporter, Page 30, Summer 2016
  • “Top 10 Ways To Commit Bad Faith,” Author, JSH Reporter, Summer 2015
  • “Best Practices to Avoid Extra-Contractual Exposure,” Co-Presenter, Central Claim Executives Association, May 2015
  • “Litigation Management – Defense Counsel’s Challenges in Complying with Carrier Guidelines The Best Interest of the Insured-Client,” Presenter, 2015 CLM Annual Conference, March 2015
  • “The Relationship Between the Fire Investigation, Fire Department and the Legal Community,” Co-Presenter, DRI Fire and Science Litigation Seminar, November 2014
  • “Anatomy of a Real-Life Arson Defense Litigation,” Co-Presenter, PLRB Large Loss Conference, October 2014
  • “Sports Law Panel: What is the Law of Sport?” Moderator, FDCC 11th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, September 2014
  • “Avoiding Bad Faith Set Ups,” Co-Presenter, 2013 PLRB Claims Conference, March 2013
  • “Punitive Damages and Social Media Transformation Litigation,” Content Contributor, com, July 2012

Education

Southwestern University, J.D., 1982 Dean’s Honor List 1979-1982

California Lutheran University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1979
All-American Javelin Thrower

Bar Admissions

Arizona
Arizona Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court